ItsVera

Unique Contemporary Artisan Jewelry

Hamilton, Canada · 4342 Sales

ItsVera

Unique Contemporary Artisan Jewelry

Hamilton, Canada 4342 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(908)

Announcement   I design and meticulously craft, unique jewellery using silver-smithing tools and techniques. Most of the jewellery, in my shop, is made using the metal from vintage and antique silverware. This silverware was once, well loved family treasures that over time became unused and unwanted. I rescue this silverware and design new artsy jewellery to be loved and treasured by you. Every item in my shop is personally designed, handcrafted and signed by me.

I design and handcraft a variety of knitting/crochet rings to help retain a consistent tension enabling you to knit and crochet with ease and comfort.

As seen in some recent national and international media coverage of It's Vera:
Love Knitting, 2017
Simply Knitting magazine, 2015 and 2014
Hamilton Magazine, Hamilton Ontario, 2015
The Spec, Hamilton Ontario Newspaper, 2014
eKnit online knitting magazine, 2014
Knitsy online magazine, 2014
Ariadne at Home magazine, 2013
Knit Wear magazine, 2013

GIFT Wrapped for You:
The item(s) you purchase will be sent to you gift wrapped and includes information with Jewellery Care Instructions.

GIFTS for FRIENDS:
Buy a gift for a friend and I will send your gift directly to your friend, just let me know where to send it. What would you like me to write on the gift card?
Add the note, you want written on the card, at the time of purchase.

A Little History Behind It's Vera Jewellery:
I have been designing and making jewellery since I was a child using old beads and stove pipe wire. Later, my Dad bought copper wire for me to use. I took my first silver-smithing course several decades ago in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. I love using vintage silverware, recycled metal, sterling silver, clay, and other non-traditional materials.

In 2010, I discovered Etsy and decided it was a great venue to sell my jewellery. Through my Etsy shop, I enjoy conversing with people from all over the world.
On weekends, I enjoy browsing through antique shops , vintage stores, and flea markets looking for old unwanted silver.
However, there never seems to be enough time in a day to create all the things I want to make.

I hope you will take time to browse and enjoy your visit to my 'It's Vera' shop. Please send me a 'message' if you have any questions. I try to check and answer messages regularly. I'd love to hear from you.
Please check my Policies before ordering.

A portion of the proceeds from my shop are donated to support international KIVA entrepreneurs and locally, 100 Women Who Care Hamilton-Wentworth charities.

All original jewellery designs, photos, images and text
© Copyright Vera Tempelmans Plat All rights reserved

(revised November 2017)

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 4, 2018

I design and meticulously craft, unique jewellery using silver-smithing tools and techniques. Most of the jewellery, in my shop, is made using the metal from vintage and antique silverware. This silverware was once, well loved family treasures that over time became unused and unwanted. I rescue this silverware and design new artsy jewellery to be loved and treasured by you. Every item in my shop is personally designed, handcrafted and signed by me.

I design and handcraft a variety of knitting/crochet rings to help retain a consistent tension enabling you to knit and crochet with ease and comfort.

As seen in some recent national and international media coverage of It's Vera:
Love Knitting, 2017
Simply Knitting magazine, 2015 and 2014
Hamilton Magazine, Hamilton Ontario, 2015
The Spec, Hamilton Ontario Newspaper, 2014
eKnit online knitting magazine, 2014
Knitsy online magazine, 2014
Ariadne at Home magazine, 2013
Knit Wear magazine, 2013

GIFT Wrapped for You:
The item(s) you purchase will be sent to you gift wrapped and includes information with Jewellery Care Instructions.

GIFTS for FRIENDS:
Buy a gift for a friend and I will send your gift directly to your friend, just let me know where to send it. What would you like me to write on the gift card?
Add the note, you want written on the card, at the time of purchase.

A Little History Behind It's Vera Jewellery:
I have been designing and making jewellery since I was a child using old beads and stove pipe wire. Later, my Dad bought copper wire for me to use. I took my first silver-smithing course several decades ago in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. I love using vintage silverware, recycled metal, sterling silver, clay, and other non-traditional materials.

In 2010, I discovered Etsy and decided it was a great venue to sell my jewellery. Through my Etsy shop, I enjoy conversing with people from all over the world.
On weekends, I enjoy browsing through antique shops , vintage stores, and flea markets looking for old unwanted silver.
However, there never seems to be enough time in a day to create all the things I want to make.

I hope you will take time to browse and enjoy your visit to my 'It's Vera' shop. Please send me a 'message' if you have any questions. I try to check and answer messages regularly. I'd love to hear from you.
Please check my Policies before ordering.

A portion of the proceeds from my shop are donated to support international KIVA entrepreneurs and locally, 100 Women Who Care Hamilton-Wentworth charities.

All original jewellery designs, photos, images and text
© Copyright Vera Tempelmans Plat All rights reserved

(revised November 2017)

Vera Tempelmans Plat

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Vera Tempelmans Plat

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About

Contemporary Artisan Art Jewellery

Arts and crafts have always been part of my life, from a very young age I liked working with my hands. My creative Mother always had fun ideas to make things and has been my inspiration, "there is nothing you can't do or try".

As I grew up, my interest in art continued and I became an elementary visual arts teacher for many years. I continued my hobbies of painting, sculpting, pottery and jewellery design. For more than 20 years, I specialized in making smoke fired shard pottery and participated in many outdoor shows. The last 7 years, of my pottery career, were spent participating in Toronto Christmas One of a Kind Shows.

In the mid 2004, I returned to my interest in jewellery design and took numerous silver-smithing courses at Mohawk College and Canadore College in Ontario Canada.
In 2006, I spend a several weeks at Breston Academy in the Netherlands focusing on perfecting my silver-smithing techniques. That was a wonderful experience.

Part of the enjoyable Etsy experience is communicating with customers from all over the world, which adds a real personal touch.

So, welcome to my shop and I hope you will enjoy browsing through my jewellery.
I'm happy to answer any of your questions, just send me a message.

Shop members

  • Vera Tempelmans Plat

    Owner, Designer, Photographer

    I design and craft jewellery mostly using re-purposed old silverware. My knitting rings and ear cuffs have become my signature designs.

  • Andrea

    Assistant, Designer, Maker

    2018 is a year of expansion. My daughter Andrea is joining my shop to help design and produce the jewellery and other items for my shop.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 21, 2018
I design the jewellery in my shop using vintage silverware. Silver plated silverware is a layer of sterling silver electroplated on a base metal, usually brass or copper or sterling silver.

Sometimes teaspoon rings may be made of German silver or nickel silver, both do not contain any silver, but stay shinier longer than sterling silver or silver plate.

Every piece of jewellery is carefully gift wrapped, ready for gift giving. I also include a gift card, silverware information and jewellery care instructions. Your item will be shipped inside a secure mailer or box. I use recycled materials (eco-friendly) for packaging whenever possible.
Most orders are shipped, via AIRMAIL, within 2-5 days after receiving payment.

If you have any questions, just send me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you need help with your purchase, check... http://www.etsy.com/help_guide_checkout.php

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, please contact me upon receipt. I will only accept returns up to 10 days after delivery.

Refunds do not include original shipping and handling fee paid by the purchaser on the listed items(s). Refunds, for the price of the item only, are paid to the purchaser's Etsy account after the the item is received in original condition by It's Vera.

Returned items must be unused and in their original packaging. For your protection, when shipping the package, please be sure that the returns are packaged securely in a sturdy box or padded envelope. Packages must have a delivery confirmation number to enable detailed tracking information as It's Vera is not responsible for return items lost in the mail. When shipping, please ‘insure’ your packages for the retail value of the jewellery.

NOTE: Earrings are Final Sale and cannot be returned.

NOTE: Custom, monogrammed items cannot be refunded or exchanged.
Payment
PAYMENT:
Immediate payment via Etsy Direct Checkout is appreciated.
You can use your debit or most credit cards with Etsy Direct Checkout.
Etsy Direct Checkout are safe and convenient when paying for a purchase.

All purchases must be paid for in full within 1-3 days of ordering (unless special agreement has been confirmed by It's Vera.) If my shop 'It's Vera' does not receive payment after that time and you do not respond to my email, I will cancel the transaction and the item will be re-listed in my shop.

If you need help with your purchase, check... http://www.etsy.com/help_guide_checkout.php
Shipping
SHIPPING:

YOUR PURCHASE will be shipped to YOUR Etsy address, so please check that it is up-to-date.

DOMESTIC SHIPPING
via Canada Post:
Regular shipping or Expedited Delivery (optional at Check Out) usually 5-10 business days.
TRACKING is optional at Check Out.

USA SHIPPING
via Canada Post Airmail: Delivery varies, 6-25 business days depending on the USPS routing.
TRACKING is optional at Check Out.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING
via Canada Post Airmail: Delivery varies, 10-30 business days, depending on the country.
Regular AIRMAIL has NO TRACKING.
TRACKING is optional at Check Out.

NOTE:
TRACKING and INSURANCE can be added to your purchase at Check Out.

***SHIPPING NOTE:
It's Vera is not responsible for any packages that are undelivered in the event of incorrect shipping information on the customer's Etsy invoice.
***It's Vera is not responsible for lost packages and/or customs and duty charges that are incurred by this service. These charges are the responsibility of the buyer.
Shipping labels are copied or printed directly from your Etsy account information.
Packages returned to It's Vera, by fault of the customer, will be reshipped only after the customer has paid additional shipping charges.

THIRD PARTY SHIPPING
I will gladly ship a gift to a different address and even add a note from you. Just add the correct shipping name and address before you Check Out. The add the note you want added in a message.

(updated March 2018)
Additional policies and FAQs
HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR NEW JEWELLERY
Now that you have this lovely, handmade jewellery, it's easy to look after it. As with all silver, it will naturally patina over time and you can polish it with a jeweller's cloth or silver polish which will bring back the original lustre.
Store your jewellery in a closed plastic bag.

HOW TO CLEAN COPPER JEWELRY
- clean the jewellery with a copper or silver polish and then wash with soap and water, dry thoroughly
- clean the jewellery with lemon juice and sprinkle with salt, rub and then wash with soap and water, dry thoroughly
- clean the jewellery with toothpaste (regular toothpaste with no whiteners, etc.) and an old toothbrush rub and then wash with soap and water, dry thoroughly
- when not in use, keep all clean jewellery in a plastic baggie and add a little drying bag ( the tiny bags of silica sand found in new shoe boxes, etc.)

WILL THIS RING OR BRACELET TURN MY SKIN GREEN?
That's a good question. Skin reacts to copper and brass in different ways and sometimes it will turn your skin green when worn. One can’t tell without wearing the metal, if the skins will react or not.
When copper or brass reacts with skin, it’s only oxidation and less likely to happen with a bracelet than a ring because there is more air circulating a bracelet. If your skin does react with the metal, the reaction will usually disappear over night or can be washes off with soap and water.

HOW TO PREVENT A GREEN SKIN REACTION?
- keep the ring and/or bracelet clean by wiping away the skin oil and dirt after wearing the jewellery
- take the jewellery off at night and clean it before you wear it
- coat the jewellery with clear nail polish to prevent the metal from coming in contact with the skin and prevent the skin from turning green (reapplication will be needed occasionally)
- coat the jewellery with car polish or a floor polish will prevent the metal from coming in contact with the skin and prevent the skin from turning green
- use hand or body lotion on the skin under the ring or bracelet
Coatings are fast and effective, and will need reapplication occasionally.

NOW that you know all about this wonderful, handmade jewellery, enjoy wearing it and remember it's contemporary art jewellery that has a lot of history.

More information

Last updated on Dec 29, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Care instructions

Please check 'Additional Policies and FAQ' for How to look after and clean your It's Vera jewellery.

Custom and personalized orders

I only make custom knitting and crochet rings.

Sizing details

Please check the jewellery listings for instructions:
- how to measure your finger for a knitting ring, finger ring or bracelet

Wholesale availability

I do not wholesale at this time.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All items are gift wrapped and include a gift/care tag.
I use recycled mail packaging whenever possible.